Michael, I agree with your approach. When we developed our policy in
1996, we focused on not being overly specific, even when it came to
technical issues (they change too frequently). We mention harassment and
violation of human dignity and refer to College policies, the Academic
Honor Code, behavioral policies, and our mission and core value statements.
The proof was when we finally reviewed the policy 10 years later and
found very little to change. We tweaked a couple of minor areas and the
Noting Brian's issue on privacy, we have a section on Confidentiality
and Privacy that states under what circumstances College authorities
would review files and communications.
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day.
Teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks.
John L. Beck
Director, Information Technology
St. Norbert College
100 Grant Street
De Pere, WI 54115-2099
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Phone: (920) 403-3866
Fax: (920) 403-4084
Hoffman, Michael wrote:
> Recently our computer use policy has come under the scrutiny of our
> faculty senate grievance committee. Our policy is designed to outline
> acceptable computer use on our campus with the primary goal of
> safeguarding our systems. For example, the policy would allow me to
> suspend the access of a computer that is negatively affecting our
> network. The policy is not designed to deal with such items as
> harassment via email. The concern is mostly with faculty rights, and
> the grievance committee wants the AAUP statement on Academic Freedom
> and Electronic Communications (available at
> ) incorporated into our policies somewhere, as well as provisions for
> due process.
> My belief is that issues such as harassment or other “behavior” issues
> should be addressed by other university policies/procedures (such as a
> policy on harassment) and not by the computer use policy. Our current
> policy points to other policies that would handle such issues. For
> example, if a faculty member was harassing others via email, the
> harassment policy, as well as normal faculty disciplinary activities
> would come into play (with the person’s chair, dean, and the provost
> working to resolve the issue). We very well might need to recommend
> that other policies be amended to incorporate the AAUP statement and
> other strategies to deal with these types of instances.
> I would be very interested to hear how your computer or electronic use
> policy handles issues such as harassment or unwanted email. Does your
> policy defer to other policies? If so, could you give examples of
> which ones? Or does your policy address these sorts of issues,
> including sanctions?
> Any input is greatly appreciated.
> Michael S. Hoffman
> Executive Director for Information Technology
> St. Bonaventure University
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> www.sbu.edu <http://www.sbu.edu/>
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